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For Immediate Release
Recount Completed in House District 142
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Tuesday that a recount of results from the November General Election in House District 142 was conducted and completed today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office.
At the conclusion of the recount in House District 142, David Bowles (R) of Sanford remained the winner by a margin of 78 votes after the ballots were recounted. Andrea Boland (D) of Sanford requested the recount after preliminary results from Election Day indicated that she lost the election. The recount determined that 2,267 votes were cast for Bowles, while 2,189 were cast for Boland.
All recounts are conducted in a secure State Police building on Hospital Street in Augusta. Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media may attend to observe. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recounts and keep them in the secured State Police facility until the recounts have been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.
In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results.
If a recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, the Maine House of Representatives would determine which candidate to seat in House races. The Maine State Senate would determine which candidate to seat in State Senate races. The Supreme Judicial Court would make a determination in County races.
A second recount, House District 113, began Tuesday afternoon. An outcome in that recount may be determined this evening. A list of all recounts and scheduling information accompanies this press release. Recounts in House Districts 42 and 43, which began on Friday, have been continued until later this week. The same is true for the recount of House District 139, which started on Monday.
Recount Requests and Schedule
NOTE: The first candidate listed in each race was the apparent losing candidate on Election Day--based on unofficial results--and is therefore the candidate who requested the recount.